The other day I was listening to the radio and happened to hear an interesting item: If you have a cat or have been around them and have ever questioned their unique behavior towards us here might be an explanation. The cat probably thinks of you as a cat yourself — just a much larger one!
According to a British biologist he says the way furry felines greet us (with their tails up) and rub on our legs is similar to how the animals communicate affection to other cats.
“In cat society, this sequence is usually performed by a smaller cat towards a larger one — a kitten or young cat towards its mother or an older relative, a female towards a male,”
Cats were probably “domesticated” 5-10,000 years ago. This behavior just seems to be one of “friendship” for one cat to another.
John Bradshaw, author of the book, Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science can Make you a Better Friend to your pet. For all of use feline friendly humans this might be an interesting read. The book came out in hardcover Sept 2013. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet but, if anyone else has, please let me know what you think of it.
The following is the link to an article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/15/john-bradshaw-cat-sense_n_4603722.html